1. Traditional use of wild vegetables in different countries of the world
2. Making interviews as a tool in ethnobotanical studies
3. Edible mushrooms used in Poland: history and research challenges
Lukasz Luczaj, PhD, associate professor at the University of Rzeszów, Poland, is an ethnobotanist and plant ecologist. He is the associate editor of two international SCI botanical journals – Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, and Acta Societatis Botanicorum Poloniae (the Journal of the Polish Botanical Society) and the head of the Department of Botany in the Institute of Biotechnology of the University of Rzeszow. He is one of world leading experts on wild food research. He authored around forty SCI indexed papers. He has published four books, including Wild edible plants of Poland, Wild Cuisine, Wormeater’s Handbook, Into the Wild Side and he co-edited the volume Pioneers in European Ethnobiology (published Uppsala University Press, Sweden). He has also made two TV series about wild vegetables. He organizes wild food workshops and runs a blog (www.lukaszluczaj.pl). He carried out numerous field studies documenting gathering wild food in Poland, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Romania, Georgia and China and contributed to synthetizing archival ethnographic materials concerning plant uses in Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine and Belarus. Since 2006 he maintained cooperation with the Northwest A&F University in Yangling.
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